Category Archives: Learning

Toddler Learning Time

Do you have a toddler at home? All of my big kids went back to school but my littlest man is home and bored without his siblings. We have been trying to give him more learning activities to do at home so that he has something fun to do when everyone is at school.

Recently I have noticed that he has excellent gross motor skills. He can do larger movements with ease. But his fine motor skills needed a little help. I have been searching different ideas for helping him with his fine motor skills and I found a few things that would help him.

Threading: Threading things is an excellent development of fine motor skills. Place beads on a string or yarn is perfect practice. Check out this example for smaller kids that you are worried about giving actual beads too. The Imagination Tree created a fun beading tutorial involving paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls instead for children that still have a tendency to place small items in their mouths. Check it out!

Frog Feeding: This fun pick-up and drop activity is a great way to teach fine motor skills in toddlers. It is also a lot of fun for little ones to do. Check out a Crafty Living for the complete tutorial.

Toddler learning time

With a little practice from activities like these, your little toddler will be progressing more and more in their fine motor skills.

Back to School hacks for Mom and Dad

August is finally here! School is already starting for many kids, with many more just around the corner. How is your family adjusting to the new routine? Returning to school after a long break is hard for everyone, not just the kids. So much of the routine is factored around us parents. Many of us are the lunch packers, morning alarms, launderers, bus drivers, and homework checkers in our households. Without us being on our game and ready to roll — school does not happen.

So we are here to help you find ways to get it all done and ready for that first big week back. Here is our top 5 list of things you need in your life to make the week run smoothly.

Our top 5 back to school hacks:

  1. School Lunch Station: this hack is amazing. Not only is it a time saver, it also enables your kids to get involved and pack their own lunch. Check it out! Back to school hacks - lunch station
  2. Bedtime routine: Like many of you, my kids stay up later during the summer. We also wake up later. This causes a huge shock to our system when we have to wake early for school. This mommy blogger has some great ideas for returning to proper bedtime routines.
  3. Time management: when those kids get home they seem to revert right back to summer mode. Now you can combat that attitude with a new and improved after-school schedule.Back to school hacks - after school routine
  4. Homework station: this is a great tip. Homework is an important part of back-to-school. You want your kids to be ready to go and ready to excel. With these tips, they will be on the right track. Back to school hacks - homework station
  5. Breakfast on the GO: We have all been there. School is hard to adjust to, and sometimes you run late. Here are some amazing make-ahead breakfasts for those on-the-run days. Back to school hacks - Breakfast recipes

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom without the kids at home, but mostly we hope you adjust quickly and easily to your new routines!

Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.